The Opus Chorale of West Virginia was formed in the fall of 2003 by a group of local musicians who desired to come together and simply sing for the fun of it. Since then, the goal of the group, like all other choral groups in the Charleston area and the Kanawha Valley, is to offer excellence in choral music. We normally give one concert in the fall/winter and one in the spring.
Since its beginning, Opus has been led by various conductors. In January, 2009, David F. Donathan became the Artistic Director and Conductor and set the membership of the chorale at 16. He has since expanded the chorale to 24 singers. Since David Donathan joined us as the Artistic Director and Conductor, the group has had some significant experiences. In 2015, Opus gave the American premiere of a new setting of the Requiem Mass composed by Norwegian composer, Kim Andre Arnesen. This led to the group being featured in a video about Kim Arnesen and his music, which was produced by J.W. Pepper Music Company. To see the video, click here:
In 2016, Opus will give the world premiere of “The Eyes of the Heart: A New Psalm 121″ also by Kim Andre Arnesen, commissioned by the Opus Chorale in memory of our friend, colleague and former accompanist, Carol Eich. In January of 2017, members of the Opus Chorale travel to New York City to sing the Arnesen Requiem in Carnegie Hall along with two other choirs from the United States and two choirs from Norway.
Opus sings a wide array of choral music, but we usually focus on standard classical choral literature. They meet on a 10-week weekly rehearsal schedule prior to a concert. Rehearsals are held on Sunday afternoons in the music suite of Christ Church United Methodist, Charleston, WV.
Any and all inquiries from those who might be interested in singing with the Opus Chorale are welcomed. An audition will be required. For more information about joining the group , please contact David Donathan at email@example.com
For tax and grant purposes, The Opus Chorale of West Virginia is a nonprofit 501 (c)3 organization.